Schoolhouse Review ~ Dig-It Games #hsreviews

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We were given the opportunity to review Dig-It Games Mayan Mysteries Online Game through the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

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This game is the journey of a team trying to figure out a mystery. It is based in ancient Maya. Your job…figure out the mystery and get to the mythical city of Ich’aak.

The story part is done comic style. There is A LOT of reading involved in this game – however you can choose to have it read to you or you can turn off the voices and read it yourself.

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This game is recommended for those 11 and older…it is not a game for younger kids as you really do have to THINK about what you are reading and hearing. There are several things you get to do on your “journey”…things like…

(From their site:)

  • Visit Maya sites
  • Uncover and analyze artifacts
  • Decode glyphs
  • Explore the mysterious Maya calendar
  • Learn the intriguing Maya math system
  • Solve puzzles and gather clues to track the confounding Ladrone

There are many pages like this that are FULL of information. Again you can have them read to you or you can turn off the sound and read them yourself.

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Once you’ve listened to or read the pages (normally one or two), you get to play a game. Here is one of the “games” ~ this one was finding artifacts in different rooms.

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There are also learning “games” that are maps where you listen to the information shared then have to complete different things (naming areas, shading areas, etc.) before you can move on and “travel” to those areas.

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Once you correctly fill in the map (above) and can travel you are taken to a place where you can “talk” to different people.

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The ones with the “!” above their heads are the ones you can talk to or still need to talk to.

You also need to answer multiple choice questions in order to move forward in the game…so paying attention to what you are hearing and doing is of utmost importance.

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We did enjoy this game however I would like to make sure you understand this is a THINKING game…you will not be able to just come in and relax and play. Plan to learn something while you are here. :)  This would be an excellent learning tool for those studying this time period in history.

You can try this out for FREE by clicking HERE.

Click to read more Dig-It reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

Here’s praying you have fun learning!

 

 

 

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TOS Crew Review ~ Scruble Cube

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We had the opportunity to review Scruble Cube which is basically Scrabble in a cube. My dh LOVES this game…I on the other hand simply look at it and shiver. My way of dealing with the Rubix Cube (which this reminds me of) was to take it apart and put it back together the correct way ~ I’m guessing that would defeat the purpose of this game. *wink*  The SCRUBLE Cube™ is a word game and a puzzle- on steroids! Watch a quick video of what Scruble Cube is by visiting their homepage.

Watch a couple videos of Scruble Cube on tv by clicking HERE.

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Taken directly from their website:

In SCRUBLE Cube™ there are 96 individually rotating letter and premium scoring pegs inserted onto a 4 x 4 x4 cube. The letters rotate to aid in pattern recognition when players are creating words. The cube offers a stimulating single or multi-player environment for spelling words of at least three letters on a single plane or over several faces: 3-Dimensionally. All of the letters have point values and scoring occurs at the end of each player’s turn. Bonuses are awarded for words that have a letter on at least three faces. And that’s the fun and challenge of SCRUBLE Cube: thinking in 3-dimensions!

SCRUBLE Cube can promote the development and exercise of key brain functions- logical deduction, analytical processing and word development skills in a unique and challenging way. And although you can challenge yourself on a variety of levels- if you can simply spell ‘CAT” you can play SCRUBLE Cube.

Scruble Cube can help with: spelling, word building with rimes, mechanical skills, team work, problem solving, and strategic thinking ~ just to name a few. Read their educational page to find out more.

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There are several different lesson plans for Scruble Cube. You can find free downloadable information HERE…like Periodic Table of Scruble Fun (Science grades 5 to 10).

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You can purchase your very own Scruble Cube, or buy one for someone else as a gift, for $24.95 by clicking HERE. They also sell replacement labels for $4.95 which can be purchased by clicking HERE.

For more information:

Scruble Cube
10014 N Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101
Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: 800-749-8920
Fax: 813-971-1549
Email 

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

This product was reviewed as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew…I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. Everything stated here is my own opinion. You can see the direct posting with the TOS Homeschool Crew and what my fellow crewmates thought by clicking HERE.


TOS Crew Review ~ Games for Competitors (Tri-Cross)

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We had the opportunity to review a Games for Competitors game called Tri-Cross. I believe it has that name because it is a cross between three games: chess, checkers and Stratego. Sound interesting? IT IS! [Ok, after looking over their website, this is what they had to say about the name, "Gameplay takes place in three rows and three columns (”Tri”) that intersect (”Cross”) in the middle of the gameboard, thus, “Tri-Cross.”"]

The main game looks like this:

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Here is what the “Eco-Edition” (which is also like a travel edition) looks like – the “game board” is cloth and easily folds up so everything fits nicely in the travel size bag.

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Both sets we were given were VERY WELL MADE and seem as though they will last a long time.

The game can be a little confusing to figure out in the beginning but they have EXCELLENT instructions AND a CD of the instructions is included with the standard edition!  As if that weren’t enough, they also have instructions available ONLINE - so don’t worry about misplacing the CD you get (isn’t that a blessing???).

Here is a pic of dh and ds15 playing – they both LOVE to play this game!

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In all honesty, this is a game – but it is not JUST A GAME ~ it is an educational “toy” if you will.  From their website, here are some of the things it does:

Helps develop skills in the following areas:

  • Logical Thinking
  • Cause and Effect
  • Predicting
  • Interpreting Outcomes
  • Abstract Thinking
  • Memory (In Variations of Play)
  • Visualization

Dr. Toy Winner - Green Product 2010

And as a side note, our ds3 liked to pretend to play too! :)

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The standard edition sells for $24.95 and the eco-edition sells for $19.95. To order your own Tri-Cross game, click HERE or visit THIS PAGE to find a store location near you. Or they are offering TEN games they will be giving away – entries close 10/31/11 – you can enter by visiting this PAGE.

They also have Tri-Cross t-shirts available for $12.00 each, you can view / purchase them HERE.

For more information:
Games for Competitors
GFC Georgia LLC (Games For Competitors)
3069 McCall Drive, Suite 1
Atlanta, GA 30340
Phone: 770-452-7987
Fax: 770-452-8138
info@gamesforcompetitors.com

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

This product was reviewed as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew…I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. Everything stated here is my own opinion. You can see the direct posting with the TOS Homeschool Crew and what my fellow crewmates thought by clicking HERE.